Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, Zone 2 Police Command, comprising Lagos and Ogun states have arrested a Lagos-based Islamic scholar identified as Alhaji Afeez Uthman Imoleayo, his wife, Alhaja Mushirafat Kekelomo, his driver, Saidi Ajayi, an herbalist and two others for allegedly hypnotising and defrauding a US-based man of over N105 million.
It was gathered that the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 2 Command, Muhammed Ali, who paraded the suspects on Monday said the suspects also abducted the victim’s wife and children and kept them in his house for about 12 years.
Ali said, “On July 17, 2023, Mr Animashaun Oluwasegun also known as Afeez Uthman brought a petition of Criminal conspiracy, compelling action by intimidation obtaining by false pretence, threat to kill, suspected ritualist, stealing, criminal charms and conducted to cause to breach of peace against one Alhaji Afeez Uthman Imole Ayo and Alhaja Mushirafat Kekelomo Salaam, Saheed Ajayi Uthma Temidayo Rashmon and others at large.
“Based on the petition, the Assistant Inspector General of Police detailed detectives from the Zonal Anti-Piracy Unit who immediately swung into action and got the suspects arrested namely Alh. Afeez Uthman Imoleayo, Mr. Ramon Temidayo Uthman, Saidi Ajayi, Alhaja Monsurat Salami, Kikelomo and others who are still at large who conspired, abducted the complainant’s wife and children through which the total sum of One Hundred and Five Million Naira (105,000,000.00) was obtained with a written threat to kill the complainant and his family members.
“The principal suspects, Alh. Afeez Uthman Imoleayo and his cronies also falsified the complainant’s children’s birth certificates and also compelled the complainant to relinquish all his properties to him.
“Consequently, when the principal suspect, Alh. Afeez Uthman Imoleayo was interrogated, he admitted the allegations against him for obtaining the alleged sum of One Hundred and Five Million Naira (N105,000,000.00.”
Ali further explained that the suspects also converted a Model 2004 Chevrolet Rain Blazer SUV valued $9,700 USD equivalent to N5,600,000.00 and abducted the complainant’s wife and three children for twelve years, changed their vital documents including their birth certificates in connivance with his wife Alhaja Kikelomo and one his driver.
“The modus operandi of the suspect is by pretending to be a prayer partner with his victims as he is a strong member of an Islamic society called Ansarullai Youth at Ikorodu, Lagos.
“He uses spiritual concoction to bath and drink with the pretence that it will pave the way for his victims, and also make them take an oath that they should not disclose to anyone.
“In the interim, investigation is still ongoing, suspects will be charged to court of competent jurisdiction, at the end of investigation, please,” the police AIG said.
However, Imoleayo denied the allegation as he claimed that the victim voluntarily donated the said money for his religious activities.
He said, “I did not force him (the victim) to give me the money.”
He however admitted that the victim changed the name on all his family’s documents to his but denied forcing the victim to do so, saying, “I was not happy when he changed the names on his property as well as the surname of his children and wife to my name.”